Sharks welcome back Du Toit
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Gallo Images)
Durban - The Sharks will welcome back fit-again lock Pieter-Steph du Toit who will line-up for his first start in this year’s Currie Cup when they tackle Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.
According to Sharks website editor
, Michael Marnewick
, Jean Deysel, who was nursing a few bruises, has also been passed fit and will take his place at flank with Jacques Botes retaining the captaincy for this important game.
“Griquas are a team that never lie down, we saw that against the Lions on the weekend, they had their backs to the wall at one stage but they just kept going,” said backline coach Sean Everitt.
“And that’s what we’ve seen from them in all their games. They came from behind against Province, against us too. They are a team that keep coming at you, they have big hearts and they’re very brave. We are going to have to really defend well and concentrate on staying within our systems, that is going to be crucial.”
Forwards coach Brad Macleod-Henderson added that physicality will be be important and believes that matching the home side blow for blow will be crucial.
“In the first game against Griquas we were maybe just a bit underdone, they played well and physically dominated us a bit. We want to make sure we are physically up for the challenge, it’s always tough going to Kimberley but we are looking forward to the game."
Kick-off is at 15:00 on Saturday.Teams:Griquas:
15. PJ Vermeulen, 14. Nico Scheepers, 13. JP Nel, 12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Rocco Jansen, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Marnus Hugo, 8. Carel Greeff, 7. Burger Schoeman, 6. Marnus Schoeman, 5. Victor Kruger, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Nick Schonert, 2. Ryno Barnes (captain), 1. Steph Roberts
Substitutes: 16. Matt Dobson, 17. Brummer Badenhorst, 18. Patrick O'Brien, 19. RJ Liebenberg, 20. Jacques Coetzee, 21. Du Randt Gerber, 22. Gouws PrinslooSharks:
15. SP Marais, 14. Sizo Maseko, 13. Louis Ludik, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Butch James, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Jacques Botes (captain), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Edwin Hewitt, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Danie Mienie
Substitutes: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Peet Marais, 19. Justin Downey, 20. Cobus Reinach, 21. Fred Zeilinga, 22. Jaco van Tonder